Everyone has digestive problems from time to time: an upset stomach, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. Many problems may be uncomfortable or embarrassing, but they are not serious and don’t last long. Others can be controlled with simple changes in your diet. But sometimes even common symptoms can be signs of a more serious problem.
Your digestive system is made up of the digestive tract—a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus—and other organs that help your body break down food and process its components (such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water) so your body can easily use them. Digestion begins in your mouth, when you chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine.
Your primary care doctor can usually help you take care of your digestive health. But when you need further attention, your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the digestive system. Mercyhealth’s caring gastroenterologists practice in several locations in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Our gastroenterologists provide comprehensive, patient-centered services for adults and children. View our pediatric gastroenterology services.
We use state-of-the-art technology, including endoscopic ultrasound and high-definition imaging equipment, for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.